The duo, Kontrast, consists of the young excellent musicians: Markéta Laštovičková (accordion) and Magdaléna Ochmanová (piano). Markéta studies at the National Academy of Music Odense in Denmark and Magdaléna is a student of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the Czech Republic.
The young musicians met at the Prague Conservatory where they gained musical experience in professor Ladislav Horák’s class. Since their debut in 2013, the duo has harvested international success at many prestigious competitions, as well as on the concert stage. The Kontrast duo was awarded 1st prize in international competitions held in Pula, Croatia (2013), St.Petersburg, Russia (2014), Spoleto, Italy (2015) and in Prague, Czech Republic (2016, 2017). The duo has had many opportunities to perform in the Czech Repulic and Europe. To date, their most valuable and important achievement was a concert at the prestigious Prague Spring Festival in 2018.
In June 2019, the duo had a concert tour in China. In the same year, they released the very first CD with music of A.Piazzolla, V.Trojan, A.Puschkarenko, F.Angelis etc.
Due to the unique combination of the accordion and piano, the duo performs remarkable music and inspires many composers to create distinctive and original music.